Secretary’s Report – 2024 Annual AGM

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Secretary’s Report – 2024 Annual AGM

TSDL Secretary’s Annual Report 2023/24

Junior and Youth Football Report:

The season just gone, 2023/2024 saw 35 teams affiliated at Junior level, and 11 teams at Youth level. Unfortunately, two teams failed to complete their season in Division One and one in Division Two, in the Junior League. At youth level Clonmel Town and Two-Mile-Borris entered two teams, one in each youth division.

ln Youths’ Division Two Bansha Celtic and Clonmel Town failed to complete the season. The big disappointment in youth football was the failure of both Peake Villa and St. Michael’s to field a team in either Youth Division.

The season began on 20th August, 2023 with the first fixtures in the Premier League. The Youth league began on the 26th, with a full program starting the following day on the 27th.

 

Youths Division One & Two report:

Youth league Division One comprised of five teams, Two Mile Borris, Cashel Town, Clonmel Celtic, Cahir Park and Clonmel Town. At the end of the season, Two Mile Borris emerged as champions, with their only defeat of the season, coming against the eventual runners up, Cashel Town. In league Division Two, six teams entered, Two Mile Borris, Mullinahone, SC & K United, Galbally United, Cullen Lattin and Bansha Celtic. Division Two was also won by Two Mile Borris, as their second team came out on top, with Mullinahone finishing in second place. Following on from both Newhill teams’ success in their respective leagues, the Tipperary Youth Cup final was an all Two-Mile Borris affair with the A team beating the B team at their home pitch in Newhill in the final. The Two Mile Borris A team completed the treble when they beat Clonmel Town by three goals to one, in the Division One Shield final.

Played in the excellently prepared Danny O’Dwyer Park, home of St. Nicholas, in the Division Two Youth cup final Two-Mile Borris’ B team, had a four-goal win over S C & K Utd. Shield competitions were run in both divisions of the Youths section. The Division Two final saw Mullinahone deny Two-Mile-Borris a clean sweep of all the domestic trophies when they came from behind to force extra time before coming out on top in a penalty shoot out. Congratulations to all who competed at Youth level, and best wishes to Ben Allen who suffered a serious hand injury in the youth cup final.

ln the FAl Youth cup, both Cashel, Town and Two-Mile Borris had good runs. Two-Mile Borris beat Blackcastle Utd and Killavilla of the North Tipperary League, before going on to win against Portlaoise, before finally going out to Bridge Utd from Clare on a two nil scoreline. Cashel Town got to the quarter-finals with wins over Bansha Celtic, Castlebar Celtic, Clonmel Town and Charleville before going down to a last-minute goal against Limerick side, Pike Rovers.

ln the Munster youths cup the same two clubs reached the quarter-finals, Cashel Town losing to Aisling Annacotty and Two-Mile Borris bowing out to College Corinthians from the Cork Youth league. College Corinthians went on to win the Munster youth cup. The league feels that all its clubs should make a bigger effort to promote Youth football, as it provides the bets pathway from juvenile football to junior level, and it is vitally important that clubs do not lose players in that transitional period.

 

Smaller clubs should consider coming together to field teams comprised of players from both clubs to enter teams into the Youth Divisions.  ln the past season youth clubs who completed their season received €1,000 in grants from the league. Remember without youth players we will have fewer junior players.

 

Junior Football Report:

ln Junior football, in the Premier League reigning champions Peake Villa, along with St Michael’s and Clonmel Town were the early pacesetters. Town fell out of contention and once again it was Peake Vitta and St. Michael’s who fought it out for the title, which was eventually regained by St. Michaels. At the other end of the table, Bansha Celtic and Tipperary Town had a relegation play off to decide who would go down along with already relegated Wilderness Rovers. This was played in an excellently prepared and presented Aisling Park in Cullen, with Bansha Celtic prevailing and hanging onto their Premier League status for another year.  

Cashel Town will return to the Premier League next season, after winning Division One, with Peake Villa’s B team coming in as runners up. Disappointingly, both Clonmel Town B and St Michael’s failed to complete their full schedule of games in Division One. This will have to be addressed within clubs in seasons ahead.

ln League Division Two, Two-Mile Borris B ran out title winners, with Powerstown finishing runners up. Congratulations to both teams, especially to James Brennan and Powerstown who only joined the League in the 2021-22 season. Both Two-Mile Borris B and Powerstown will play in Division One next season. The two relegated teams were Dualla and Rosegreen Rangers.

ln Division Three Bansha Celtic withdrew leaving eight teams to fight out for honours. SC & K Utd finished the season as champions. There was a play-off for the runners-up position, between Ballingarry Albion and Cahir Park B, with Ballingarry coming out on top.

 

Shield Competitions report

Shield competitions were run off in Divisions One, Two and Three.

Division One winners – Cashel Town, Runners-up – Vee Rovers.

Division Two winners – Powerstown, Runners-up – Rosegreen Rangers.

Division Three winners – SC & K Utd, Runners-up – Donohill & District.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Domestic Cups report

ln the Blue Riband Tipperary Cup, the finalists were St. Michael’s and Clonmel Celtic. Played at Cahir Park in a very evenly contested game, St. Michael’s were victorious by a single goal win. The Paddy Purtill Cup was contested between Cutten-Lattin and Cashel Town. Played at Cahir Park, Cashel Town who lost out to Galbally Utd in last years final, were again on the losing end, with Cullen Lattin winning by three goals to two, thus denying Cashel Town their domestic treble. The first Paddy Purtill Cup was played for on the 17th June 2001 and was won by Killusty. The original cup has been retired and replaced now by a new cup.

The Peter O Reilly Cup, won for the first time in 2000 by Moyglass Utd, was contested by Clonmel Celtic and Donohill and District. Played in Cooke Park, came out on top to the delight of their supporters, on a two goals to one scoreline. This was Donohill’s first trophy since winning the old Fourth division in the club’s first season in the League in 2003-2004. lt was very pleasing to see members of the O’ Reilly and Purtill families in attendance to present the cups.

FAI Junior Cup

ln the FAI Junior Cup, Clonmel Celtic, Peake Vitta and St. Michael’s all reached the quarter-finals, which is a testament to the strength within the TSDL at Junior football level. Clonmel Celtic lost at home by 2-0 to eventual winners, Cockhill Celtic. Peake Villa lost on penalties to eventual runners up Gorey Rangers. St. Michael’s lost out to 2022 winners, Villa of Waterford by two goals to nil. Three teams in the last eight of the FAI Junior cup shows the high standard of football in the Tipperary Southern & District League, something teams can continue to aspire to in the future.

Munster Cups

ln the Munster Junior Cup Final St. Michaels played Villa from Waterford at Fermoy. Villa, were seeking their first Munster Junior Cup, and had beaten St. Michaels in the FAI Junior Cup five weeks previously, so started as favourites. However, St. Michael’s turned the result around and with a five-star performance ran out winners by three goals to one, with goals from Jimmy Carr, Paul Breen and Ashley Kelleher.

This was St. Michaels tenth Munster Junior Cup win, 1973, 1990, 1991, 2001, 2005, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2023 and they now hold the record for most Munster Junior Cup wins. ln the Munster Champions Cup, the TS & DL was represented by Peake Villa. They played Villa of Waterford in the semi-final and were leading 1-0 in added time, but a late equaliser forced extra time. Villa scored again in the last minute of extra time to advance to the final, in which they were beaten by Newmarket Celtic in a penalty shoot-out.

A new Munster Shield competition was started this season. This is confined to team playing in Divisions Two and lower. T.S & D.L teams entered with Powerstown narrowly going out to Ballynanty Rovers from Limerick. Ballynanty went on to win the inaugural competition.

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Power, an appreciation:

Long serving Honorary Treasurer of the TS & DL, Richard Power, stepped down from his position during the season just gone. Richard was a very prominent member of the old Tipperary League, and a founder member of the T.S. & D.L. in 1977. When Peter O’Reilly stepped down as treasurer in 1978, Richard took over and was Honorary Treasurer since then until his retirement.  ln 1978 league finances were in a very poor state, with total income for the 1977-1978 season being just £831. Since then, the league has paid out over €350,000 in grants to clubs and, as the accounts show, the league has a substantial balance in the bank. All of this is down to Richard’s dedication to the league. He set up the Clonmel Credit Union sponsorship, and he was also responsible for the collection of fines, affiliations and registration fees. As a legislator he was one of the best. He was prepared to listen to all sides and make an honest judgement of the facts. He is missed and we as a committee thank him for all his input to the league and wish him all the best in his retirement. I would personally also like to thank Nuala for all her help and co-operation when l was making phone calls to Richard at all times of the day and night

 

International news

St. Michaels player, Jimmy Carr, was in Spain with the Republic of Ireland Amateur team once again, where he has the honour of captaining the team and had a great tournament both on and off the pitch. This year will be captain again as the team travels to Switzerland in October for the European qualifiers. Also in the squad are Dale Loughnane of Peake Villa and Ed O’ Dwyer of St. Michaels. Added to these players are backroom staff members, Paul Breen and Pearse Foley. We wish them all the best of tuck and hope they can qualify for the finals.

 

 

Conclusion of report:

ln conclusion, I would like to express my appreciation to some people. To the members of the referee’s society, whose membership continues to drop, my sincere thanks for your cooperation during the season, especially to Honorary Secretary John Lyons, whose help and availability at all times is first class. The referee situation is drastic and clubs will have to understand and take seriously the message, no referees, no games. July is deemed national referees month and the FAI have organised one day beginners courses throughout the country The course for Tipperary will be held at Cahir Park on Saturday 27th July from 10am to 4pm. The course is FREE and open to everybody over 16. ln the interest of the continuation of football in South Tipperary, all clubs should seriously look around and encourage retiring players to the referees course. l, as secretary can only schedule games when referees are available, and last season matches had to be called off at short notice because of the unavailability of referees. Enquiries and information can be got from clubs, John Lyons or myself. Contact details are on the Leagues website.   

 

To my fellow committee members, many thanks for your input during the season. I would especially like to thank new Honorary Treasurer, John Carew, and Honorary Registrar, Davy Hassett. Both have a very heavy work load, Davy at registration and transfer time and John all season long. To Benny Tynan and Michael Halpin for their attendances at all finals, collecting at the gates and presenting all trophies. I would like to thank their chauffeur, Majella, for all her help and ensuring they arrived in good time. As we had no replacement application for the vacancy on the committee, it was decided to co-opt Colm Lonergan, who has been a very able secretary for Cahir Park. Many thanks to all clubs who made their grounds available to the League for finals and play-offs. To all club secretaries my sincere thanks for your co-operation, without you football clubs would not survive. To everyone, enjoy the close season, and hopefully all of us will be back for the new season in August.

 

Tom Lewis Honorary Secretary Tipperary Southern & District

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